9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a decade of recording, Matthew Perryman Jones has built up an estimable body of work, known for its literate lyricism and bittersweet tunefulness. For this album, Jones selects seven tunes from his three studio albums and matches them with two new compositions. The modern-rock production of his earlier releases has been replaced by an acoustic focus, with light percussion and strings adding richness to the guitars and pianos. Jones’ tenor vocals remain capable of conveying tenderness and resolute strength within a single line. Among the selections here, “Beneath the Silver Moon” (a loving salute to his father) and the lullaby-like “Meghan’s Song” (written for his wife) underscore his deep commitment to family. Jones’ spiritual outlook — not always orthodox, but still fervent — are conveyed with a taut, aching power in “Waiting for the Light to Change” and “Homage for the Suffering.” Until the Dawn Appears benefits from the artist’s greater maturity and self-knowledge, making these retold tales definitely worth hearing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a decade of recording, Matthew Perryman Jones has built up an estimable body of work, known for its literate lyricism and bittersweet tunefulness. For this album, Jones selects seven tunes from his three studio albums and matches them with two new compositions. The modern-rock production of his earlier releases has been replaced by an acoustic focus, with light percussion and strings adding richness to the guitars and pianos. Jones’ tenor vocals remain capable of conveying tenderness and resolute strength within a single line. Among the selections here, “Beneath the Silver Moon” (a loving salute to his father) and the lullaby-like “Meghan’s Song” (written for his wife) underscore his deep commitment to family. Jones’ spiritual outlook — not always orthodox, but still fervent — are conveyed with a taut, aching power in “Waiting for the Light to Change” and “Homage for the Suffering.” Until the Dawn Appears benefits from the artist’s greater maturity and self-knowledge, making these retold tales definitely worth hearing.

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About Matthew Perryman Jones

An articulate songwriter with a versatile and gritty tenor voice -- a combination that has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jeff Buckley to Leonard Cohen -- Matthew Perryman Jones has the touch of a poet and the narrative reach of a short story writer, making the best of his songs deeply resonant. Jones began playing out in 1997, debuting at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA, but he soon relocated to Nashville. In 2000 he released Nowhere Else But Here followed by an EP, For the Road, in 2003. Released in 2006, Throwing Punches in the Dark was produced by Neilson Hubbard and met with high critical praise, with songs from the set appeared on the soundtracks to the television shows The Hills and Eli Stone. Jones re-teamed with Hubbard for Swallow the Sea, which was released in 2008. ~ Steve Leggett

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